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The Explorers Podcast

A podcast about the greatest explorers in history.

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Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico - Part 2

Hernán Cortés forges an alliance with a discontented people, and establishes the first European settlement in New Spain - Vera Cruz. Also, he encounters the first emissaries of the Aztec Empire, who offer the Spanish a large bribe to leave their lands. Instead, Cortés becomes determined to travel to the heart of the Aztec Empire - Tenochtitlan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Part 1

In Part 1 of our series, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark prepare to lead the Corps of Discovery west in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean. In this episode, we go into the background of the Louisiana Territory, discuss the man most responsible for the expedition (Thomas Jefferson), and look into the backgrounds of Lewis and Clark. We then get the two men to St. Louis as they assemble their expedition - and prepare to head into the unknown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

53mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 1 - Australia, the Royal Society of Victoria and Robert Burke

The first episode in the Burke and Wills Expedition series provides background to the endeavor - which was an expedition to cross Australia in 1860-61. We are introduced to the organizers of the expedition - Royal Society of Victoria - and its eventual leader, Robert Burke.Key people and places Robert Burke - Irish police superintendent from Castlemaine. Will be named leader of the expedition. Royal Society of Victoria - aka The Society. Scientific society based in Melbourne. They will organize the expedition. Exploration Committee - The committee of the Society which oversaw the Burke and Wills Expedition. Victoria Exploring Expedition (VEE) - The official name of the expedition led by Robert Burke to cross the Australian continent. Sir William Stawell - Key member of the Exploration Committee, and Chief Justice of Victoria. John Macadam - Secretary of the Exploration Committee. John Bruce - Wealthy Australian businessman who supported Robert Burke's bid to lead the expedition. Peter Edgerton Warburton - aka Major Warburton - Police Commissioner of South Australia and candidate to lead the VEE. Gustov von Tempsky - Prussian adventurer and candidate to lead the VEE. George Landells - Horse trader who would bring 25 camels to Australia to be part of the upcoming expedition. Would later be named second-in-command of the VEE. Charles Sturt - British soldier who would explore Australia - discovering Cooper's Creek in 1844.  John McDouall Stuart - Scottish explorer who would be the chief competitor with the VEE to blaze a route across Australia.  Augustus Gregory - Explorer who had gone from Brisbane to Adelaide in 1858. He turned down the opportunity to lead the VEE, but recommended any expedition go to Cooper's Creek and set up a depot - and use it as a base for striking out to the north.  Cooper's Creek - River in central Australia. It is about halfway across the continent if someone is traveling between Melbourne and Gulf of Carpentaria in the north.  William Wills - British surveyor and astronomer who will eventually become the second-in-command of the VEE.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Francis Drake - Part 6 - The Spanish Armada and Final Years

The final episode in our series on Francis Drake covers the years of 1581-1595, as Drake leads the fight against Spain, including Singeing the King of Spain's Beard, and the Spanish Armada. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Francis Drake - Part 2 - Terror of the Spanish Main

Francis Drake conducts three expeditions to the Caribbean, becoming the most hated main the Spanish Empire.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Part 2

Lewis and Clark head up the Missouri River in the spring of 1804.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

39mins

24 Jun 2018

Rank #6

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Francis Drake - Part 3 - The Journey Around the World Begins

In 1576, Francis Drake begins his circumnavigation of the globe. In this episode, Drake organizes his fleet, and then heads to the Strait of Magellan. However, he must deal with a potentially mutinous foe who could derail the entire expedition.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River - Part 1

Francisco de Orellana and Gonzalo Pizarro head over the Andes in search of El Dorado - the City of Gold. Instead, they only find death, forcing Orellana to begin a desperate 4,000 mile journey down the Amazon to reach safety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

53mins

8 May 2017

Rank #8

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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 3

In the late summer and fall of 1804, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery head into the lands of the powerful Sioux nation, aiming to reach the Mandan Villages, located near modern-day Bismarck, North Dakota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

44mins

15 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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Christopher Columbus - Part 1

Christopher Columbus tries to secure backing for an expedition to cross the Atlantic in a daring attempt to reach Asia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

30mins

19 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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Francis Drake - Part 4 - War in the Pacific

In part 4 in our series, Francis Drake will lead his fleet into the Strait of Magellan. After surviving more than 50 days of storms, he will then proceed to attack Spanish shipping on the western coast of the Americas - capturing the greatest prize in English history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

29mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Francis Drake - Part 5 - Across the Pacific and Home

Francis Drake and Golden Hind head across the Pacific to the Spice Islands, before rounding the tip of Africa and returning to England Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

30mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World - Part 3

Magellan and the Armada de Molucca set sail across the Pacific in search of the Spice Islands Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

29mins

16 Oct 2016

Rank #13

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Zebulon Pike - Part 1

American explorers, including Zebulon Pike, set out to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45mins

13 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of the World - Part 4

Juan Sebastián Elcano takes the reins of the fleet as they try and finish the circumnavigation of the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41mins

22 Oct 2016

Rank #15

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Hanno the Navigator

Between 400-600 BCE, Hanno the Navigator of Carthage, conducted an epic voyage down the west coast of Africa - sailing more than 4,000 miles - reaching all the way to modern-day Gabon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

26mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Part 8

The Lewis and Clark Expedition is complete, so let's take a look at what happen at what happened with the end of the epic journey across the country. We'll also see what happened to the people involved in the expedition, and take a look at the legacy of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of the Discovery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 16mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 6

In the wake of his defeat at Tenochtitlan, Cortés must fend off the Aztecs at the Battle of Otumba. He must then consolidate his forces, and plot his return to the Valley of Mexico - even while small pox ravages the empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

30mins

15 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Erik the Red and Leif Erikson

The father and son duo of Erik the Red and Leif Erikson found the colony of Greenland, and become the first Europeans to arrive in North America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37mins

1 Dec 2016

Rank #19

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Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of the Amazon River - Part 2

Francisco de Orellana heads down the Amazon River in a desperate bid to return to civilization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 16mins

8 Sep 2017

Rank #20